As In Heaven
As In Heaven
Oct 18, 2020
Black History: 1619 to Civil War
1 hr 5 min

Jim Davis and Justin Holcomb welcome Ligon Duncan in the first of a two-part discussion of the history of Black people in America. Duncan begins with the onset of chattel slavery in 1619 and carries us all the way to the Civil War. Understanding these historical realities will help White believers understand how they still play a part in our cultural moment and grow a greater empathy for our black brothers and sisters. The group discusses:

  • Introduction and background for Ligon (1:10)
  • How chattel slavery began (2:43)
  • Africans selling other Africans into slavery (8:40)
  • Tribal identity and the slave trade (11:27)
  • Conditions on slave ships (13:30)
  • Impact of slavery on the early colonies (17:53)
  • Slave Codes (23:00)
  • How the Bible was misused to support slavery (27:07)
  • People and movements who fueled abolition (33:34)
  • How slavery and segregation affected the development of churches and denominations (38:00)
  • The fundamental purpose of the Civil War (43:53)
  • The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and Dred Scott vs. Sandford (48:21)
  • Ligon Duncan’s personal journey (52:13)

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Collin Hansen, The Gospel Coalition
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self
A recent article in _New York Magazine_ included this bombshell, "Roughly 30% of American women under 25 identify as LGBT. For women over 60, that figure is less than 5%." Now, I can't find anyone who believes this number can really be that high. To acknowledge such a dramatic shift in such a short period of time would be nothing short of a world changing revolution. But, we know about rapid onset gender dysphoria among adolescents and teens. We've seen the prevalence of social contagion in our Instagram age. So, is such a revolution in human sexuality so unthinkable? This revolution may be sudden if it's actually happening, but it's no more dramatic than what we've seen unfold in the west in the last 60 years. Historian, Carl Trueman covers that ground in his new book, _The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution,_ published by Crossway. But, he locates the sexual revolution within a broader change in views of the self and identity. Trueman joins me in this special extended episode of Gospelbound, to help church leaders understand what's happening. I've heard Carl say that apologetics used to be about explaining the church to the world, but now it's more about explaining the world to the church. That's what he does in _The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self_, which is my pick for the most important book published in 2020. I'm eager to learn more about this road to revolution, and also pose some of our listeners' questions on this subject. This episode of Gospelbound is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of _The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution_ by Carl Trueman.
57 min
Quick to Listen
Quick to Listen
Christianity Today
Why We Can’t Stop Talking about Hillsong's Celebrity Pastors
Transcribed highlights of the show can be found in our episode summaries. At the beginning of this month, Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz was fired. A day after the news went public, he posted a picture of his family on Instagram admitting he was unfaithful in his marriage. Both before and after the news, Lentz made headlines across Christian and secular media for his popularity and successful ministry—as well as the “hipster” pastor look he popularized. When Lentz co-founded Hillsong NYC with Joel Houston in 2010, the church drew lines around the block and caught the eye of A-list celebrities, none more famous than Justin Bieber. Lentz, who became famous for his wire-rimmed glasses, plunging V-necks, and designer sneakers, himself became subject of a number of profiles, including this 2015 GQ feature from Taffy Brodesser-Akner: “The music! The lights! The crowds!” begins an incredulous woman narrating a CNN segment on Hillsong NYC . “It looks like a rock concert.” The chyron reads “Hipster preacher smashes stereotypes.” They call Pastor Carl a hipster. Carl says he doesn’t know what that means, and he wears a motorcycle jacket when he says this.Pastor Joel is unwilling to acknowledge that there’s something going on here. Yes, he tells me, sure, he likes clothes. But that’s the end of it. I should ask Pastor Carl about the clothes, he tells me. What Pastor Carl does, he says—that’s intentional, and then he laughs. This week on Quick to Listen, we wanted to discuss the attention around a new generation of fashion-forward pastors. What does it reveal about ministry? But what does our fascination with this aesthetic reveal more broadly about the American and Western church? Anthropologist Katherine Ajibade, formerly a researcher with the British think tank Theos, joins CT’s Morgan Lee and Kate Shellnutt. What is Quick to Listen? Read more Rate Quick to Listen on Apple Podcasts Follow the podcast on Twitter Follow our hosts on Twitter: Morgan Lee and Kate Shellnutt Follow Katherine Ajibade on Twitter Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced by Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Bunmi Ishola Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
59 min
Help Me Teach The Bible
Help Me Teach The Bible
The Gospel Coalition, Nancy Guthrie
Dale Ralph Davis on Joshua (Re-release)
In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, Nancy sits down with Dale Ralph Davis at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, where, in his “retirement” he serves as minister in residence or, as senior pastor Derek Thomas calls him, “the preacher of the night.” Davis is a long-time pastor and former professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Davis's book, _No Falling Words_, has long been a must-have commentary on Joshua. We sat down with him as he was reworking his messages on Joshua for an upcoming conference to talk about “the strange God” of Joshua as well as: * old promises fulfilled in Joshua; * the meaning of the land; * God’s command to destroy the Canaanites; * the unlikely recipient of mercy; * the grace demonstrated and response to grace commanded in Joshua. Here are some additional audio resources that you may find helpful in preparing to teach Joshua: * Overview of Joshua by Dale Ralph Davis * David Jackman messages on Joshua * John Woodhouse messages of Joshua * Entering into the Promises series at All Souls Langham Place * TGC sermon resources on Joshua For further study, here are some books you may find helpful, including titles from Crossway, the sponsor of Help Me Teach the Bible: * _No Falling Words_ by Dale Ralph Davis * _Joshua: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Scripture_ (New American Commentary) by David Howard * _Joshua: People of God's Purpose_ by David Jackman * _Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History_ by Francis A. Schaeffer
1 hr 21 min
Revived Thoughts
Revived Thoughts
RT Selects: C. I. Scofield: Deity Of Christ
RT Selects: C.I. Scofield is a controversial and famous preacher who lived in the 1800s. His life story starts out very rough as a confederate soldier, a corrupt lawyer, and an alcoholic who destroys his own private practice and his family. His story changes completely when a friend tells him about Christ. His sermon, "The Deity Of Christ," comes across as one part apologetic work and another part invitation to meet the same history changing Christ that Scofield met. It is a passionate defense of the person of Christ, whom our faith rests on. Special thanks to Jonathan Clauson. Jonathan Clauson started with Clear Channel Radio in the '90s. Jonathan has worked in audio and marketing for 20 years. Credits include stints at EA Tiburon, Christianity Today, Christ and Pop Culture, and freelancing as voice talent for audio-books and podcast production services. If you'd like to financially support the show, go to our Patreon! It helps us continue making the show best we can for you. 3 bucks a month gets you access to special episodes, the RT bookmark, and more! You can also check out our recent Revived Thoughts Deep Dive episode and our recent Behind The Scenes episode. If you'd like to narrate a sermon, send us an email at And if you enjoy the show, sharing with friends and a 5 star rating on Apple Podcasts helps a lot! These ratings help a ton and we are incredible grateful for them. Follow us for more content throughout the week!  Facebook Instagram Twitter Youtube Revived Thoughts
48 min
Life and Books and Everything
Life and Books and Everything
Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor
How Did Sexual Identity Politics Win?
In this episode of Life and Books and Everything, Carl Trueman joins Kevin, Justin, and Collin to discuss his latest book, published by Crossway, which analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity. You’ll also learn the benefit for Christians of reading Nietzsche and Freud, and what you can say to someone when there isn’t time to debate the philosophy of gender.    Timestamps:  Thirty-second long book title [00:55 – 1:25]  If identity is sexual, then sex is political. [1:25 – 7:37]  Behaviors demand toleration; identity demands recognition. [7:37 – 13:39]  Grappling with the history of ideas [13:39 – 22:26]  Intended audience [22:26 – 24:29]  Why Carl wants to be called a bigot [24:29 – 28:32]  Should pastors read these non-Christian authors? [28:32 – 34:18]  Is Protestantism to blame for sexual identity politics? [34:18 – 44:48]  Natural law will help us communicate to younger generations. [44:48 – 50:55]  What can you say to the other side when there isn’t time to debate? [50:55 – 56:16]  Against lament? [56:16 – 57:50]  Family shapes theology. [57:50 – 1:03:00]  Books and Everything:  The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, by Carl R. Trueman  Civilization & Its Discontents, by Sigmund Freud  The Triumph of the Therapeutic, by Philip Rieff  Living in God's Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture, by David VanDrunen  Hands Across the Aisle  “The Fury of the Fatherless,” by Mary Eberstadt, First Things
1 hr 4 min
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